My weekly Sympatico column is now live:
You know the world has changed when the selection of Tiger Woods to the U.S. Presidents Cup team is more controversial than team captain Fred Couples’ decision to fill out his roster with FedEx Cup winner Bill Haas.
Yesterday Couples announced what would appear obvious to most – that he’d forgo picking Brandt Snedeker and instead hope that Haas’ hand would still be hot when the Presidents Cup is played in Australia in mid-November.
“Bill for the last two years has played phenomenal golf, winning three times and losing a couple of times in a playoff,” said Couples, acknowledging that Snedeker and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley were potential choices as well. “But Bill, knowing he had to win last week to be on the team, he went out and did it and he’s my second pick.”
Couples’ second choice is actually less likely to be second-guessed than his first captain’s pick, former World No. 1 Woods who has slumped to No. 50 amid a fumbling swing change, injuries and personal turmoil. Couples, who proclaimed he’s “very excited” about having Woods on the team, says the golfer is ready to go.
“We’ve had a few conversations since then and a lot of texts, and I’m just thrilled that Tiger is healthy and ready to play and wants to be on the team,” Couples explained.
Good to see Woods has returned to the world of texting, since he almost singlehandedly managed to give the world a better understanding of the potential of using a cell phone for your private correspondence following his sex scandal in 2009. It is also positive to hear Woods is healthy physically, though one has to wonder about his ailing game as much as his injured knee and ankle.